Gus Poyet highlights two Chelsea stars who disappointed in Brighton draw

In pictures: Chelsea v Brighton

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Former Chelsea star Gus Poyet has highlighted two Blues players who disappointed him as their side suffered a huge blow in the Premier League title race at home to Chelsea. Danny Welbeck’s injury-time equaliser ensured that Brighton took away a point from Stamford Bridge and left the hosts eight points behind leaders Manchester City.

The result is a dire blow to the Blues’ title hopes and they face a mammoth task to overhaul Pep Guardiola’s runaway side.

It was another frustrating evening for Thomas Tuchel, who saw his side overrun by Graham Potter’s Seagulls.

Though they went ahead through Romelu Lukaku’s first-half header, Brighton began to dominate the game.

In fact, the Seagulls ended up with 18 shots to Chelsea’s 11 and with 53 per cent of the possession.

Edouard Mendy was forced to make a series of stunning saves to keep Chelsea ahead, but the pressure finally told as the game entered stoppage time.

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Welbeck had only been on the pitch for 10 minutes when he headed the leveller past Mendy to secure a point.

It was a devastating goal for Chelsea, who had been forced further and further back into their defensive lines.

Their title challenge is now on life support, with City’s lead at the summit of the table looking increasing unsurmountable.

And Poyet, who won the FA Cup during his four years at Stamford Bridge as a player, was left disappointed with the performances of Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

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Poyet had been asked about the first-half performance of Lukaku when he revealed his frustration at the duo operating behind the Belgian striker.

“It’s great to see a striker of that quality. He was winning the ball in the air, the way he linked the play, his first touch. He played for the rest of the team,” he told Amazon Prime.

“If [Mason] Mount and [Callum] Hudson-Odoi were in a better mood today they would be winning 2-0 or 3-0. But because of the other players they are not winning by more.

“Lukaku was excellent. Holding the ball, playing for the rest, unfortunately his team-mates didn’t do the right thing in those moments.”

Mount’s performance improved drastically after the break, but Hudson-Odoi squandered a golden chance to put the Blues two goals ahead.

The Englishman had gone through on goal when he attempted to pass to Mount but lost the ball, with Poyet confused at his decision making.

“I’m surprised he didn’t pass himself. It’s not like he’s behind the defender or tried to pass around the defender. He hit the defender straight away. That’s very strange,” Poyet said.

“Because normally the other player is too far away from you or you try to play too clever. He didn’t do one or the other. He hit the defender.”

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